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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
James Marsden
Kate Bosworth
Alexander Skarsgard
James Woods
Dominic Purcell
Directors
Rod Lurie
Screenwriters
Running Time
109 minutes

Straw Dogs
Rod Lurie lets the dogs out again


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Straw Dogs

Plot
A struggling couple, scriptwriter David Sumner (Marsden) and his wife Amy (Bosworth), decide to move to the Deep South in a bid to find some respite from the big city and harmony in their marriage. The locals, though, have other ideas.


Verdict
Lurie's remake doesn't bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table. The thick fug of moral ambiguity, so disconcerting in Peckinpah's film, is missing, replaced by certainties rife in modern horror. The result is a bit of yawn enlivened only by James Woods' delirious bad guy.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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